|Jasper McCormick, a fish
curer, married Janet Tennent in Beith, Ayr, Scotland
in 1809. Nothing is known about previous generations.
A son, Hugh MacCormick
was born in Kilbirnie in 1916. There must be other
family but we have no record. Hugh went on to become
a Flax and Hemp Merchant, marring Janet Lindsay in
Glasgow in 1843. The Post Office directories show
the family at many addresses in the Glasgow area.
David MacCormick was born
at 37 St. Andrew Street, Glasgow in 1865. He was the
youngest of nine children. He was married to Mary
Anne Clayton by the Rev John Orr of Tron Parish,
Glasgow in 1889. We know little more of his
life in Scotland or of the other family members.
Hugh died in 1898 and David, and family, soon were
to emigrate to Australia.
|William Nassau (Nassan?) Clayton
was born in about 1828 in Ireland (from his death
certificate) or Scotland (from family recollections),
the son of John Clayton, a soldier. William Clayton
followed his father into the military rising to the rank
of Sergeant Major. He was posted at various times to
South Africa, China and Ireland. Several
generations hence his granddaughter would marry the
grandson of Captain Henry Miller (of the 40th Regiment).
The Telegraph (Brisbane 22 Jan 1910)
William married Minnie
Craddock in Galway, Ireland in about 1860. She
is identified as being born in Ireland however
Craddock is a Welsh name. As an army wife she followed
William around the empire with the children being born
in various countries. Mary Anne and Georgina (Dolly)
were born in Ireland, Fanny in South Africa.
It seems William came to Queensland in the late 1800s. The Clayton family settled in Toowong, now a suburb of Brisbane. Their house Aberfeldie stood on the corner of Sherwood Road and Clayton Lane
Emily, the eldest daughter is said to have stayed in the UK (?) while Mary Anne Clayton married in Scotland some eight years after William first(?) arrived in Queensland.
Biographical records from Queensland mention that Fanny Clayton took and active interest in politics and women's organizations and was the owner and lady editor of Figaro. She was an executive member of the Victoria League, member of the Red Cross Society and the Comforts Fund.
The accidental death of son William Francis Nassau Clayton, a school teacher is mentioned in the Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, Saturday 4 Jan 1890. He met his death on 2nd Jan 1890 in a boating accident off Port Keppel Island when his 16 foot boat foundered in a violent storm. He and his companion, the Headmaster of his school were swimming for shore when he was apparently taken by a shark.
There are inconsistencies in dates, ages and places of birth. Maybe the Clayton family moved back and forth between Australia and Great Britain several times because of William's army postings.
|In about 1900 David
MacCormick, Mary Anne (Clayton) and the
five children came to Brisbane Australia. The first
settled in Toowong, Brisbane, next door to Mary Anne's
parents who had settled there some years earlier.
Two years later David, Mary Anne and family moved on to NSW. They seem to have lived in Goulburn and Uralla among other places. Then the family moved to Sydney where David MacCormick set up as an estate agent working out of a city address and was identified in the 1920's with the subdivision of land in the Cronulla area.
David was somewhat an entrepreneur . They owned at the time a magnificent property, "Garden Reach" at Hunters Hill. The fortune of the MacCormick's suffered along with the rest of the world in the great depression of the 1930's
Minnie Craddock MacCormick, was
born in Glasgow and came to Australia with her family
at the age of about seven. She trained as a nurse and
midwife. She worked in a Brisbane hospital and the
Scottish hospital in Sydney. She was involved in the
delivery of more than one hundred babies. The
world-wide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 killed more
than 10,000 Australians. In Sydney alone almost
400,000 were infected. Minne was to nurse hundreds at
She married Charles Miller
Scholley a returned servicemen and Victorian.
They settled in Neutral Bay and raised their children.
In later years she lived in Rose Bay and then in St
Ives with the family of her daughter Mary. She is
remembered by the family as a kind caring loving
The grandchildren were taught to recite the family names, or nicknames, "Pa, Ma, Willy, Lindsay, Minnie, Dolly, Nettie, Alan, Lily, Gordon, Bruce". The faster the better. Other family member turned the names into a lullaby.
I have once again got around to looking at the MacCormick connection of the Eastaway clan and got hold of Lillian Clayton MacCormick's birth certificate. I thought you might like the relevant info for your files. Born 29 Mar 1904 at Bradley St, Goulburn NSW. David MacCormick gives his age as 38, born in Glasgow, Scotland and employed as "Inspector of Life Insurance". Gives marriage date as 17 January 1899 at Glasgow. Mary Ann gives her age as 35 and her place of birth as Mohir, Ballinasloe, Ireland. David was the informant for the birth.
I also have just received a copy of a clipping from "The Mosman Daily" of 17 March 1981 in which they interviewed Lil about the QEII and the Ophir. The article says that the large house at Hunters Hill owned by the MacCormicks was called Garden Reach and had recently been sold to entrepreneur Michael Edgley. The article includes photos of the Ophir in 1901 steaming up Sydney Harbour with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on board. I am more than happy to scan this article and send it down to you.